June 24, 2024

BOSTON, MA. - 1970's: Steve Shutt #22 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The  of the late 1950s and the 1970s are without a doubt the two best in history. The only thing left to consider is how highly their interlude dynasty from the 1960s ranks among the greatest of all time.

Superstars like Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, and Jacques Lemaire were on their team in the 1970s. They had Boom Boom Geoffrion, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, and Rocket Richard in the 1950s.

When the team won four Stanley Cups in five years in the 1960s, Beliveau was still in the picture. Lemaire and a youthful Yvan Cournoyer arrived at that time, while the seasoned Henri Richard was still there. Between the two largest Habsburg dynasties, however, its dynasty is somewhat forgotten.

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For more than 50 years, however, the Canadiens of 1967–68 maintained the record. Their winning run of 12 games was the longest by any Canadian team in history. That is, until Saturday night, when the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames.

Not to harp on the minor details, but the Oilers were able to win three of their games in overtime, something that was not possible in 1968 when the Canadiens ended their 12-game winning run without the benefit of shootout or overtime wins.

This season, the Montreal Canadiens have performed better than many predicted. They have only given up 15 goals in their last two games, though, and they are far outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

 

All things considered, the Canadiens are sellers at this trade deadline for the third time in a row. In the last few years, we have witnessed them take advantage of this situation as they have moved Ben Chiarot and Tyler Toffoli for individual first-round picks and prospects.

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Is it possible that they will select another first-round pick this year? A well-known NHL insider thinks a deal can be completed to offer the Canaidens another first round pick, but there isn’t a clear-cut trade option that will undoubtedly bring that back in a transaction.

Sean Monahan is one of the players most likely to be dealt before the trade deadline, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, who also believes the Canadiens will receive another first round selection in exchange for him.

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